Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

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Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun is a play about African American family living in Southside Chicago. A Raisin in the Sun portrays different ideas of the American dream through the Younger family members, and shows how these individuals struggle to achieve their personal dream in times of racism and social inequality. The character Walter Lee Younger dreams of becoming a successful businessman and providing more for his family. During the time A Raisin in the Sun was written, the United States was going through a major problem of race segregation and inequality. Specifically obstacles that African Americans encountered in achieving their dream. Loraine Hansberry portrays Walter Lee as a man with a common dream of class mobility in order to provide better living situation for his family. Walter has many problems and he believes that having more money will solve them. In act one scene two, when Lena brings up her belief that before it was freedom that African Americans valued, Walter respond “No – it was always money. Mama. We just didn’t know about it.” (Hansberry 74) Walter is convinced that being rich is what makes life easier and better in general. This train of thought was not uncommon in men struggling to provide for their families because they believe that money buys peace of mind and opportunity for their children. Opportunities for African Americans to get ahead were limited by racial inequality. Loewen writes “Owners expelled black baseball players from the

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